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Older Adult Recovery

In 1998, our Florida facility became a renowned pioneer and leader in age-specific addiction treatment when it opened the Center for Older Adult Recovery. Today, Hanley Center at Origins offers senior and mid-life addiction treatment specifically for men and women aged 45 and older.

Hanley Center at Origins promotes a transition from substance use disorder to enhanced mental, physical, and spiritual health — at any age and any stage of life. Whether you have been dealing with addiction for many years or a recent life event has set off a cycle of substance use, we provide the clinically excellent, holistic and individualized care you need to find lifelong recovery.

Misconceptions About Older Adult Addiction Are Prevalent

Messages in the media about saying “no” to substances and getting help for addiction are often geared toward younger patients. Although it is certainly important to teach people about the dangers of addiction from a young age, the number of older adults who struggle with alcohol or other drug use disorders is statistically significant and warrants equal attention. And, while two-thirds of older patients experience early-onset addiction, one-third of older adult addicts suffer from late-onset addiction. Significant life changes, such as the loss of a loved one, a sudden illness or relationship problems, can send a person spiraling into maladaptive behaviors and substance use disorder.

The reality is that, at any age, the difference between active addiction and treatment can be loss of life; and at Origins, we want you to feel that the rest of your life is always worth living. Each patient’s evolving plan of care integrates medical, wellness, spiritual, psychological, and psychiatric therapies provided by a highly credentialed, multidisciplinary team.

Detoxification, sobriety, and stability are the first steps in overcoming addiction at Origins Behavioral Healthcare. During treatment at our Center for Older Adult Recovery in West Palm Beach, Florida, our patients begin to regain health, enhance cognition and mobility, and rebuild relationships. Combined with participation in 12-Step practice, our patients receive a design for living that can restore freedom and peace after suffering from addictive disorders.

Elements of Age-Specific Recovery

Building a supportive community is an essential part of successful addiction treatment. You need people around you who understand your journey and who are similarly focused on achieving long-term sobriety — and forming essential supportive bonds is certainly easier among people who have similar life experiences, outlooks, and interests to your own. This is why age-specific treatment is at the heart of our treatment strategy at Origins. We want you to feel comfortable and welcomed among a community of your peers. What’s more, our treatment programs are tailored to address the shared values and experiences of every generation. Each member of Origins’ professional team provides compassionate care that accounts for your personal past, present, and future.

Our treatment for mid-life and older adults includes:

Medically supervised, safe, and comfortable detoxification

Detox is the first step in treatment for active addiction. The traces of alcohol or other drugs that linger in your brain and bloodstream cause cravings and dangerous withdrawal symptoms, which perpetuate the cycle of addiction. The detoxification process aims to eliminate the remnants of substances from your body so you can start your long-term recovery in a state of physical sobriety. Choosing a detox program supervised by healthcare professionals ensures that you are kept medically safe and away from substances while you begin to heal.

Thorough clinical, physical, spiritual, wellness, and psychological assessments

Treating addiction requires a multifaceted approach that can address the many ways in which substance use affects each person. When you enter treatment at Origins, our team works closely with you to determine the appropriate level of care in every area of your life and your health. Our treatment model ensures that each of our patients receives what they need to heal holistically — and our team includes professionals who specialize in the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of addiction treatment.

Care by a preeminent medical team that consists of doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists

Origins’ staff is highly credentialed, with many years of experience in the field of addiction treatment. Our dedicated medical team is no exception. Our doctors and nurses are available to make sure your physical health is managed, both as you recover from alcohol and other drug abuse and in terms of any outlying medical conditions you may have. On-staff psychiatrists provide professional evaluations and treatment sessions during your stay in our programs.

Access to top-quality specialty healthcare

If you need external medical attention at any point — whether due to a preexisting condition or any complications that may arise during treatment — Hanley at Origins is conveniently located adjacent to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. St. Mary’s offers a complete range of medical specialties including critical care, surgery, physical therapy, and cardiology.

Chronic pain management

Substance use disorders can be closely linked to chronic pain when an individual self-medicates or when they become dependent on their prescription medications. It can, therefore, be difficult to treat chronic pain alongside addiction, and it requires careful evaluation and a specialized plan to ensure that all pain management is safe and effective. Our expert staff has worked successfully with many of our patients to create both short- and long-term tactics to manage chronic pain alongside a substance use disorder.

Peer group therapy

Peer group therapy where patients can address underlying issues, foster support, and offer inspiration Group therapy is a core component of addiction treatment that allows our patients to feel a human connection, share experiences and advice, and polish their interpersonal skills. At Origins we strive to create a close-knit community of peers within our therapy groups so that our patients feel safe, welcomed, and comfortable. Our age-specific treatment allows you to meet and interact with people who are coming from similar generational viewpoints and who can best relate to your views and your priorities.

Exercise and nutrition education

Staying in good physical health during and after treatment provides multiple benefits for men and women who are managing addiction. Physical and mental health go hand in hand — studies show that eating well and getting regular exercise can improve confidence and happiness and can relieve symptoms of mental health disorders. In addition, forming healthy habits like these can replace harmful patterns of substance use.

Spiritual care services

During recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders, our Chaplain assists patients, families, and staff with addressing their spiritual needs. Meaning, hope for healing relationships, grief and loss, or a desire to increase self-worth and feel supported can all be part of these needs.

Five-Day Family Program

Just as individuals suffer from substance use disorders, so do their families. Family members may experience physical and emotional symptoms similar to those of the addicted person. They can benefit significantly from the education and support offered in Origins’ Five-Day Family Program.

We offer age-specific treatment for mid-life and older adults at Hanley Center in Florida.

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If you or a loved one needs professional help, please feel free to contact us at any time to receive more information. We answer the phones 24-hours a day, at 844-211-9056. If you are not ready just yet to speak, then click below to email us.


Articles on Older Adults and Addiction

A Perfect Storm: Aging, Drugs, and Chronic Pain – Chronic pain requires specialized attention without which quality of life is affected, often resulting in depression, isolation, or substance abuse.

The Wall Street Journal: Fears Rise of Medication Misuse by the Elderly – With the Senior Population Growing, Experts on Addiction and Geriatric Care Raise the Alarm

The New York Times: New Generation Gap as Older Addicts Seek Help – Across the country, substance abuse centers are reaching out to older addicts whose numbers are growing and who have historically been ignored.

The New York Times: More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance Abuse – An estimated 2.8 million older adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, and this number is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to a study in the journal “Addiction.”

If you or a loved one needs professional help, please feel free to contact us at any time to receive more information. We answer the phones 24-hours a day, at 561-841-1296.
If you are not ready just yet to speak, then click below to email us.